Program 11. edycji Made in Chicago
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
For the first ten years, Made In Chicago was an autumn festival held in November. This year we are entering a new stage. From its eleventh edition on, the festival will be associated with spring. This way we are hoping to discover fresh tastes of music from the Windy City, and through the modified festival format, to create new contexts for meetings with Chicago’s jazz artists. The 11th festival edition will stick to the area of widely understood improvised music from Chicago, but this year, the music is going to fill new venues and spaces.
As usual, the festival is going to feature a number of new projects. Mike Reed, one of the most prominent Chicago musicians, will present his “Flesh And Bone”. There will be the “Supreme Love” concert for those who wish to experience a creative clash of tradition and modernity. The musicians will be accompanied by tap dancers! We are also going to hear Chicago Calling, a band led by saxophonist Julia Wood. You can expect some typical jazz club performances as well. We will have a chance to listen to outstanding pianist Jeremy Kahn, who recorded with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell. Experienced French horn player Vincent Chancey will bring his band. The international Switchback quartet will perform, featuring, amongst others, Mars Williams and Polish clarinettist Wacław Zimpel. There will be special open-air concerts bound to keep our audience entertained. Saxophonist Greg Ward will conduct a concert in the heart of the Poznań’s Old Market Square to close his 3-day workshops. Next, there will come a blend of jazz traditions and elements of Peruvian rhythms performed by Juan Pastor and Chinchano ensemble. Finally, Poznań inhabitants will sway to the rhythm of unforgettable Ella Fitzgerald’s classics as three female Chicago singers with the accompanying musicians will perform their best-selling “Three Ellas” show.
MADE IN CHICAGO WORKSHOPS – GREG WARD
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Scena na Piętrze
3-day workshops for students of music schools from all over Poland will be conducted by Greg Ward, a charismatic composer and saxophonist from Chicago. The musician has recorded and performed with outstanding jazz artists and bands, including Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D'Angelo, and Mike Reed. In 2009 he moved to New York and started working with JazzReach. In 2010, as a leader of Fitted Shards band, Ward released “South Side Story”, which was deemed the recording of the year by the Chicago Tribune. Greg Ward has collaborated with Caleb Willitz on the score for Beresford Bennett’s film “Pinch”, and more recently on an electro-acoustic project called “Gaps and Spaces: Synoptic Optiks”. The workshops will culminate in a Sunday concert.
MADE IN CHICAGO: CLUB TOUR
7:00 pm PIANO HOUSE
Jeremy Kahn – piano
He is one of the most sought-after jazz pianists in Chicago. Graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory, he has recorded with a number of renowned artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Aretha Franklin to Joni Mitchell. During his Poznań solo performance, Jeremy Kahn will take us on a musical tour from mainstream jazz to avant-garde, thus confirming his status as a virtuoso.
JULI WOOD’S CHICAGO CALLING
8:00 pm SCENA NA PIĘTRZE
Juli Wood – sax
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Avreeayl Ra – drums
Leandro Varady – piano
The quartet led by saxophonist Juli Wood is an ensemble of outstanding instrumentalists which draws on the traditions of the greatest American jazz icons. Chicago Calling takes the audience on a unique musical tour of the history of Chicago’s legends and the venues they played in. The concert will feature pieces by such artists as Gene Ammons, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Clifford Jordan, Sun Ra and Johnny Griffin. Besides playing the sax, Julii Wood will also sing a few songs performed originally by Dinah Washington, Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman. Harrison Bankhead (bass) together with Avreealem Ra (drums) will give a show of magic playing the kalimbas in a Fred Anderson’s composition.
VINCENT CHANCEY GROUP
9:00 KLUB DRAGON
Vincent Chancey – French horn
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jason Roebke – bass
Kuba Suchar - drums
Vincent Chancey is an experienced French horn player and composer. He has released 3 albums as a leader and performed on over 150 as a sideman. Having graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Music, he studied with Julius Watkins in New York. He started his career in the 1970s, playing mostly with big bands such as Sun Ra Arkestra, Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy, The Gil Evans Orchestra, David Murray Big Band, Carla Bley Big Band and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams’s band.
He has performed with a number of popular artists, including Maxwell, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra. As Vincent Chancey himself says, the French horn is his natural voice; he only wishes it gained more recognition as a jazz instrument. At the Poznań gig, he will perform together with clarinettist Jason Stein, bassist Jason Roebke and Polish drummer Kuba Suchar, who has had a lot of experience collaborating with the top Chicago jazz scene performers (on a joint projects with Mike Reed and Rob Mazurek, among others).
10:00 pm LAS
Mars Williams – tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino – saxophones
Wacław Zimpel – bass clarinet, alto clarinet, tarogato
Hilliard Greene – double bass
Klaus Kugel – drums
Switchback is a captivating and mature fusion of American and European jazz. The members have their roots in different areas of jazz and improvised music. Mars Williams (USA), a charismatic saxophonist, has been working with the Chicago free jazz elite for years. He is one of the founders of Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. His contribution to Switchback is the energy of rock music - the genre he took up initially. Hilliard Greene (USA), a Berklee College of Music graduate, has worked with excellent free jazz musicians for many years. He has performed with American singer Jimmy Scott, as well as with Cecil Taylor and Don Pullen. Klaus Kugel (Germany) is the elite of European jazz & improvised music drummers. Wacław Zimpel (Poland), a thoroughly educated clarinet virtuoso, is fascinated by vibrant music of all kinds and styles. He smoothly blends classic jazz with free improvisation and folk traditions of various cultures. In April 2015 Switchback released an album to a great reception.
11:00 pm KLUBOKAWIARNIA MESKALINA
A regular jam session featuring musicians from Chicago and Poznań.
SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016
MADE IN CHICAGO: ZAMEK
FLESH AND BONE
6:00 pm SALA WIELKA CK ZAMEK
Mike Reed – drums
Jason Roebke – bass
Greg Ward – alto sax
Tim Haldeman – tenor sax
Ben Lamar Gay – trumpet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Greg Tate – poet
Kevin Coval – poet
Mike Reed, one of Chicago’s most prominent present-day performers, many times’ guest of the Poznań festival, will present his latest music project inspired by events from a few years ago. On the 2009 tour, Mike Reed’s band witnessed an aggressive neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Republic. That harrowing experience became an inspiration for the project which premiered in the Art Institute of Chicago on 20 November 2015. In the project, Reed explores the background of the riot and engages in a musical dialogue on art, race, politics and life challenges we face when we are pushed into places of discomfort.
8:00 pm SALA WIELKA CK ZAMEK
Rajiv Halim – sax
Junius Paul – bass
Isaiah Spencer – drums
Amr Marcin Fahmy – keys
Jumaane Taylor – tap dance
Bril Barrett – tap dance
Tristan Bruns – tap dance
Starinah Dixon – tap dance
Donnetta Jackson – tap dance
Megan Davis – tap dance
Meet “Supreme Love,” a creative clash of tradition and modernity. A band led by superb saxophonist Rajiv Halim will perform music from the cult John Coltrane’s album “A Love Supreme”, but expect jazz to be fused with hip-hop, and the musicians to be accompanied by tapping dancers! Rajiv Halim’s quartet together with M.A.D.D. Rhythms dance collective choreographed by Jumaane Taylor will present classics of 1965, rediscovering and reinventing Coltrane’s artistic ideas. “Supreme Love” is a musical dialogue, combining the two forms of art to bring back the legend of the famous free jazz pioneer, whose experiments with sound and characteristic atonality have been inspiring successive generations of musicians to this day.
SUNDAY, 22 MAY 2016
MADE IN CHICAGO: OPEN AIR
MADE IN CHICAGO WORKSHOPS CONCERT
5:00 pm SCENA NA QUADRO – STARY RYNEK
A concert closing the 3-day workshops.
A group of workshop participants, students of music universities across Poland, led by Greg Ward, a charismatic composer and saxophonist from Chicago.
6:30 pm SCENA NA QUADRO – STARY RYNEK
Juan Pastor – percussion
Stu Mindeman – piano
Patrick Mulcahey – bass
Rich Moore – sax
Tito Carrillo – trumpet
Directed by percussionist Juan Pastor, Chinchano is an modern jazz instrumental group, which fuses the traditional harmony of North American jazz with the exciting rhythms of Central and South America. The originality of its compositions is showcased in the selection of unique percussion instruments brought by Juan to a recording studio and live performances alike. Although each group member is a brilliant solo player of his own instrument, it is the group as a whole that creates an intriguing aura, inviting the audience to follow the musicians’ emotions note by note.
8:00 pm SCENA NA QUADRO – STARY RYNEK
Dee Alexander – vocal
Spider Saloff – vocal
Frieda Lee – vocal
Jeremy Kahn – piano
Jim Cox – bass
Charles Heath – drums
The final festival concert will make the audience sway to the rhythm of classic pieces of the most remarkable jazz singer. Three outstanding Chicago vocalists and the accompanying musicians, directed by phenomenal Dee Alexander, will perform their best-selling “Three Ellas” show. It is a homage to the First Lady of Song. It all started with a special “Ella American Songbook” concert, initiated by Chicago Jazz Orchestra and featuring Ella Fitzgerald’s arrangements performed by the three vocalists, which became not only a great success, but also an inspiring artistic meeting for the singers. As a result, Alexander, Saloff and Lee decided to create a show offering a more intimate look at Fitzgerald’s work. During the last five years, the Three Ellas have been immensely successful in concert halls and clubs across America, confirming the timelessness of Ella Fitzgerald’s legacy.
Friday, 20 May
7:00 pm, Piano House, JEREMY KAHN
8:00 pm, Scena na Piętrze, JULI WOOD'S CHICAGO CALLING
9:00 pm, Klub Dragon, VINCENT CHANCEY GROUP
10:00 pm, Las, SWITCHBACK
11:00 pm, Klubokawiarnia Meskalina, JAM SESSION
Tickets: PLN 25; passes (4 concerts): PLN 60
Advance special: buy in advance via BILETY24.PL from 11 to 24 April: tickets PLN 15; 4-concert passes PLN 50
Saturday, 21 May
6.00 pm, Sala Wielka CK Zamek, FLESH AND BONE
8:00 pm, Sala Wielka CK Zamek, SUPREME LOVE
Advance booking: PLN 50* / PLN 80, from 20 May: PLN 70* / PLN 100
Advance special: buy in advance via BILETY24.PL from 11 to 24 April: PLN 30* / PLN 50
* student concession (on production of a valid ID)
Sunday, 22 May
5:00 pm, Scena Quadro Stary Rynek, MADE IN CHICAGO WORKSHOP CONCERT
6:30 pm, Scena Quadro Stary Rynek, CHINCHANO
8:00 pm, Scena Quadro Stary Rynek, THREE ELLAS